Since its inception in 1998, the BCS has drawn considerable criticism for its inability to fairly and objectively decide a college football national champion. The BCS utilizes polls and computer selection methods to choose two teams to play for the National Championship at the end of the year. The polling, computer selection methods, criteria for high points in the BCS, and the locations of the BCS bowls are all critically flawed.
The BCS is a convoluted system run by the hot-shot BCS committees backed by University presidents, both of whom are having their pockets stuffed with big bucks by huge, long-term bowl sponsors like AT&T and FedEx. It is for this reason (that sweet cash, baby!) that the committee is so stuck in their ways, no matter how bad the system is or however many complaints they get from fans.
Also, the computers that are responsible for choosing who plays in the bowls use a collection of useless and irrational inputs. These inputs include some very subjective attributes of a team like strength of schedule or conference, whether a loss was early or late in the season, and formerly, margin of victory. All of these inputs make it difficult to fairly decide who is the undisputed national champion. In 2007, Boise State went undefeated and did not go to the BCS National Championship simply because they played in a lesser conference, the WAC. There is no excuse to punish a team like Boise State for doing nothing wrong. They did everything they were supposed to and in the end, got beat out by a one-loss team to go to the BCS Championship.
Also, the BCS system is set up to favor certain teams. The Orange Bowl is located in Miami which gives an advantage to Florida teams (Florida, Miami, Florida State), the Sugar Bowl is in New Orleans which gives a backyard advantage to LSU, and the Rose Bowl is in Pasadena which gives an advantage to USC. These locations give an obvious advantage to these big name teams and should be changed.
A playoff system would be a simple solution to all of these BCS problems. By having an eight-team playoff, deciding the national champion would be much more accurate, objective, and fair. The BCS would not be getting the money it’s getting right now, but the universities would still gain tons of money from whatever game they would play in. Companies could still sponsor the playoff games, in turn, giving the universities huge pay days.
With that, there would not be any more situations like Boise State, and every worthy team would get a chance to win it all. The locations could either be set at the higher ranked team’s home field or at designated places around the country, and the National Championship would change cities every year, favoring no one team just like the NFL.Powered by Sidelines